Dietary fiber delivers immeasurable benefits to the human body. It helps cleanse the body of toxins. There are two forms of dietary fiber needed by the body- soluble and insoluble. Both are important in promoting optimal health.
Soluble dietary fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance during digestion. It traps excess sugars, fats and cholesterol as it moves through the intestines and helps sweep them out of the body. It also helps reduce LDL blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels after eating.
Insoluble dietary fiber is never dissolved. It acts like a sponge and soaks up to 15 times its weight in water. Its primary benefit is to provide bulk, which can help promote feelings of fullness while also speeding the movement of food through the digestive system, promoting regularity.
Here’s how dietary fiber works:
- Bile is produced in the liver to aid digestion. This bile is made of acids and cholesterol.
- Bile is then stored and concentrated in the gallbladder until foods that contain fat are eaten.
- After a meal is eaten, bile is dumped into the small intestine and it breaks up fat, grease and other food particles.
- Bile is then broken down into its individual component parts-cholesterol, fats, toxins and wastes. This all happens at the lower end of the intestines.
- If there’s an adequate amount of fiber in the intestines, it binds up the cholesterol, fat, and toxins and sweeps them out of the body.
- If there isn’t sufficient fiber in the intestines, toxins reenter the bloodstream and are re-circulated throughout the body. These toxins will eventually reach the liver. This forces the liver to process them again and dump them into the intestines in the next batch of bile.
If there isn’t sufficient fiber in the intestines, toxins reenter the bloodstream and are re-circulated throughout the body. These toxins will eventually reach the liver. This forces the liver to process them again and dump them into the intestines in the next batch of bile.
Just imagine what this is doing to your liver, arteries, blood vessels, heart, your entire digestive system and other vital organs. Toxins circulating your body over and over…that’s a another story.
The foods we eat today do not provide the body with an adequate amount of fiber to promote optimum health. A good fiber supplement can provide all the fiber you need.
Dietary Fiber Supplements
Fiber as a dietary supplement must contain a proprietary blend of natural fiber sources. The best method of ingestion is a fiber drink. Your dietary fiber drink must be formulated with a unique blend of oat, apple, rice bran, chicory root, malt dextrin fiber, and fructooligosaccharide (FOS for short). There must also be a proprietary blend of soothing herbs, antioxidants and probiotics.
Soothing herbs such as ginger help reduce occasional intestinal gas and bloating while peppermint and licorice root help balance intestinal flora and soothe mild indigestion.
Antioxidants such as lactobacillus acidophilus are “friendly” bacteria that help breakdown food in the intestines as well as create an environment that keeps “bad” bacteria in check.
Daily Dietary Fiber Requirements
How much fiber do you need each day? On a daily basis 95% of Americans are only getting about half as much fiber as they need. A single serving of 13-15 grams of healthy fiber will help you meet your optimal daily fiber needs. You will realize almost immediate improvement in the way you feel.
We are at a crossroad in our culture as it relates to health and quality of life. Life expectancy has increased significantly. Each generation wants to live longer and healthier lives, and we can with adequate nutrition. We must be concerned for the health and quality of life for everyone.